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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc has insisted that he will be ready for the first Test against South Africa in Perth on Thursday even though he is still recovering from a leg laceration.
Starc suffered a deep cut on his left leg in a horrific training accident, which required him to undergo surgery and receive 30 stitches.
Despite this, the 26-year-old made his comeback in New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield opener against Queensland and took one wicket in the 19 overs he bowled. He also scored 36 not out in the first innings of his side’s 225-run win.
“Clean it every day, put a patch on it and away you go,” Starc told reporters in Perth when asked about his leg. “It’s not bleeding, it’s healing nicely. Even if it does break open a little bit (more) it’s not going to play on my mind. My knee is structurally fine.”
Meanwhile, Starc is hoping for a more traditional WACA pitch following last year’s high-scoring draw against New Zealand, in which Australia opener David Warner and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor both scored double centuries. The WACA’s ground curator Matt Page has already revealed that he will leave more grass on the strip in order to make the surface more pace-friendly.
“That was the toughest wicket to bowl on. It was so hard and flat and didn’t have that pace you’d normally see at the WACA,” Starc said. “I hope it’s a lot better and shows a little bit of the WACA of old, and hopefully a bit of an extra bounce and pace.”